Packt Publishing Buy One Get One Free Offer

Packt Publishing celebrates their 2000th title with a Buy One Get One Free Offer Great time to get those Packt books you’ve been thinking of buying, like the SOA Suite 11g Developers Guide or the SOA Suite 11g Developers Cookbook.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Miscellaneous | Read More

$5 eBook Bonanza

Packt eBooks $5 Offer Packt Publishing just told me about their Christmas offer, get eBooks for $5. From December 19th, customers will be able to get any eBook or Video from Packt for just $5. This offer covers a myriad of titles in the 1700+ range where customers will be able to grab as many as they like until January 3rd 2014 – more information is available at http://bit.ly/1jdCr2W If you haven’t bought the SOA Developers Cookbook then now is a great time to do so!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Miscellaneous | Read More

My Hiring Approach

Hiring Engineers I recently had the privilege of performing the technical interviews to evaluate potential new hires into Oracles support organization.  As my approach is different from many interview processes I thought I would share it with you.  It is basically a three step process. Step 1 – What Do You Know? We ask them technical questions about what they said they have done on their resume.  Very common to get responses like, oh I didn't do very much with that.  In that...

Monday, March 12, 2012 | Miscellaneous | Read More

Fixing OEL 6 & VirtualBox

Fixing OEL 6 & VirtualBox Just upgraded the kernel on my VirtualBox image of OEL6 and the VirtualBox Additions failed to build.  The problem was that the latest OEL6 kernel is now kernel-uek. $ uname -a Linux soavbox.oracle.com 2.6.32-200.20.1.el6uek.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Oct 7 01:50:00 EDT 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux This seems to confuse the dkms rebuild of VBox Additions.  See Virtual Box Ticket #9332 clipboard support broken – OEL 5.6, OEL 6.1. To fix it I followed the...

Monday, October 10, 2011 | Miscellaneous | Read More

A Virtual Dilemma

Solving a Gotcha with VirtualBox Guest Additions I was just building a new virtual machine based off an existing image that didn’t have the Virtual Box Guest Additions enabled.  The guest additions allow tight integration between the guest OS and the host environment, providing seemless mouse transfer and the ability to take advantage of full video screen size.  The guest additions need to be linked with the kernel which requires the kernel-devel package to be installed. ...

Thursday, February 17, 2011 | Miscellaneous | Read More

All Change & Open World

I haven't written anything for a couple of months, but in my defence I would like to point out that I have changed jobs at Oracle.  I now work in global support services, supporting the Oracle SOA products.  As part of this change I have moved from Easter Compton in England to Monument, Colorado, moving myself, wife and 4 children a quarter of a the way around the world has proven more challenging than expected. A few weeks ago I was in Orlando on an HA training course for 11g...

Monday, October 12, 2009 | Miscellaneous | Read More